LERTXUNDI, Mikel (Berriatua, the Basque Country, 1951) Lertxundi’s is a unique sculptural language, whether expressed through materials, paper or other media. It is a clear, direct language which speaks and, above all, lets the materials and elements themselves speak, from their quintessential being. His sculptural work, easily recognisable by its suggestive composition of stone, wood and iron to which materials he occasionally adds the spatial elements of water, air and fire formulates a proposition which goes beyond the simple materials, forms and spatial occupation. The essence of his aesthetic investigation lies in generating the right interaction between the participating concepts and elements, individual but coordinated as part of a much wider whole. The differences and singularity of complementary (f)actors and their need for dialogue provide the coordinates in the search for harmony and balance in their vital space.
Lertxundi chose his route in life at a very early age. He doesn’t know which came first in his case, Art or Nature. Indeed, he doesn’t know who did the discovering, he them or they him. His has always been and is the constant observation of and dialogue with Nature, to which he belongs and which he considers his guide and master. But Lertxundi also belongs to a generation which, in a short space of time, has seen a great change in society’s system of values, a generation which which has seen mankind go from respecting and revering Nature and feeling part of it to a society which believes itself unique and supreme and acts accordingly, out of arrogance and self-interest. Perhaps that is why, work and artist having travelled over different continents and now contemplating life’s landscape from the balcony of maturity, he sees the path he has walked as leading him to be a bridge, a bridge which can offer a reconnection and reencounter of man with Nature . And perhaps that is why his muse produces works which come out as metaphors that exhort us to return to Nature.